MADELEINE CUCKSON DISCOVERS THE LINKS BETWEEN MOSCOW’S MOST OPULENT BATHHOUSE, AND A NEW KID ON THE LONDON SPA BLOCK.
The article is by Pushkin House and is part of the special project on the Russian banya.
Originally published on https://www.pushkinhouse.org/blog/2021/1/28/twinned-banyas
Over its history, which stretches back approximately one thousand years, the Russian banya has served as an emblem of community, spirituality, politics and identity. With physical cleanliness serving as only one element of the experience, the banya dares to explore bathing as something profound, not merely physical.